The Snake in the Grass

I recently had coffee with a friend, a former senior hedge fund manager. He now works on his own, paid his dues over many years in the banks, and for a number of years ran the Asia-Pac investment-banking practice for one of the white-shoe financial institutions. As is my wont, we talked about corporate politics. I'd had a dinner the…

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Networked or overworked?

What is your network? How large is it? How varied, how supportive for you is your network? If you think this is a simple exercise or question, you probably don’t have the right network yet. It amazes me how many 'senior' business people are less than interested about building, cultivating and maintaining their professional network (and I do NOT mean…

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5 reasons why the boss doesn’t develop new talent

I often grapple with clients who can't seem to decide on whom to hire. I hear all sorts of reasons; the budget, the economy, quarterly earnings, changes in strategy, cultural fit, etc, ad nauseam. What it also means is that no decision is made. A search goes on that much longer, causing heartburn–if not burnout–for all involved. My value is…

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Attracting (and repelling) talent; a tale of two companies

Below are two recent scenarios I had with two MNC clients to help get talent on board, despite unusually rickety policies and procedures (Fortune 100 companies). One worked (just barely), one didn't. [framed_box] A) The final candidate went through 10 rounds of interviews; face-face, VC, and flown to HQ for the final interview. He had a good and steady job…

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